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“It's not just that Atkinson is so technically proficient that he can spin out seemingly impossible-to-play, breathtaking lines at will, it's the emotional nuance and sense of humour in his work that are so engaging. Drawing on classical, jazz, roots, and even some rock traditions, he dips into a deep well he has visited many times to surprise and delight his audience with new takes on old tunes and sensitive renderings of his own highly melodic compositions.” Rick Gibbs, Island Jazz

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After more than two decades of musical output, Marc Atkinson is both difficult to define and readily identifiable. He is first and foremost a masterful acoustic guitarist who combines lyricism, rhythmic precision and technical mastery into a distinctive guitar voice. That voice is further defined by Atkinson’s significant talents as a composer of lush and melodic original works. His virtuosity and compositional strengths are showcased in the recordings and live performances of the Marc Atkinson Trio, the internationally renowned acoustic trio described by Jurgen Goethe as “one of the top ten of the world’s working string trios.”

Atkinson is arguably as well known for his contributions to Canada’s roots/acoustic music super group, The Bills, where he “explores his mandolin personality,” while also contributing guitar instrumentals, vocals and original compositions. One of the group’s founding members, Atkinson is featured on all five of The Bills’ CDs, including two Juno nominated albums.

While Atkinson is distinctly uncomfortable discussing music awards, he is the recipient of many of them. He is a Juno nominee and winner of two Western Canadian Music Awards, including a nomination for Outstanding Album Award. His CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio II, was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and his music has been published in Guitar Player Magazine.


Showcase Artist: Pacific Contact 2018

Home Base: British Columbia

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Darren Bond
4000 Parnell Rd
Hornby Island, BC
V0R 1Z0
604-319-0461
darren@outburstperformance.com
www.outburstperformance.com

 
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